The economy has fallen on hard times. Not only is it difficult to get a job, but thanks to the regulatory red tape associated with making an honest living, it seems disingenuous unscrupulous business people seem to be getting on better than the honest ones.
Pretend for a moment that you are an honest licensed massage therapist. You now find yourself in the position of having to compete with unlicensed therapist, who not only have no permission from the local and state governments to ply their trade, but are also willing to break the law to encourage “repeat” business. Read into that what you will. Meanwhile the honest therapist runs the risk of losing a hard earned, and honestly paid for license for a myriad of other offenses that may or may not be related to his or her trade.
Granted, the massage industry is an extreme example, and is wrought with dishonest business practices, but the same is true for construction contractors as well, who must charge more and compete with “unlicensed independents” who charge less. Landscapers and car repair shops often face the same dilemma, competing with dishonest and unlicensed individuals who are charging less and stealing business they technically should not have.
A call to the State or local regulatory agency does little, as does a call to the newspapers who willingly advertise illegal businesses in the “unlicensed” section simply “because” their competitors do. A call to the Police yields little result other than a suggestion one call the paper, which they often already have done. A call to the corporate commission will often lead to a suggestion that the attorney general be contacted, which in turn leads to the suggestion one call the police, and as stated above, that leads back to the newspaper. It is like a bad “Who’s on First” skit, starring the business in question, however the honest business person is the unfortunate loser.
Perhaps it is time for Americans to rethink what they are willing to accept; start asking “why”, and actually stand up and boycott businesses that informally cooperate with wrong doing. And while the good folks are cleaning house, they might choose to sweep the political halls clean as well. While we are at it, maybe we should throw our licenses in the trash too. Apparently a license means little anyway, unless you are an honest business person who has willingly paid dues only to find yourself at the mercy of the regulatory agencies that should be helping you.